Liverpool branded lucky as referee overturns Atleti penalty after VAR review

Liverpool have been branded as lucky by football fans as Atletico Madrid were denied a penalty by VAR in the final minutes of their Champions League clash.

Jose Gimenez was seemingly brought down by Jota as he looked to get onto the end of a free kick.

Atleti looked to have the perfect chance to level the game, with the on-field decision being given as a penalty.

However, the penalty was overturned after a lengthy VAR check, leaving the Atleti players fuming.

And rival fans were quick to brand the Reds as looking to be walking away from the Metropolitano with three points.

"Liverpool are so lucky man, scraping wins against 10 men Atletico una, they're so unsustainable. They'll fall off soon, no need to worry about them," one Chelsea fan tweeted.

Another fan added: "How do Liverpool get so lucky man it genuinely blows my mind."

"Omg Liverpool are so so lucky. Btw it took them 2 hours to make the call ffs," a third tweeted.

A fourth fumed: "Atletico robbed there clearly. Poor refereeing standards. Lucky Liverpool."

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Jurgen Klopp's side raced into an early lead in Madrid, and Naby Keita scored a wondergoal before being hooked at half-time.

However, Atleti fought back as Antoine Griezmann made his mark on the game with a brace.

But all of the Frenchman's hard work was undone by a rush of blood when he saw red for a high foot at the start of the second half.

Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot before VAR denied Atleti a chance from 12 yards themselves.

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The result leaves Liverpool top of the group, and Klopp's side have maintained their perfect record in Europe this season.

Atleti remain second in the group, but their advantage over Porto has been cut to goal difference.

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